Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Las Cruces offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. Beginning Tuesday, July 22nd, the “Savvy Caregiver Program,” will meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at the Alzheimer’s Association offices, 1121 Mall Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes.
More than 34,000 New Mexicans with Alzheimer’s disease receive unpaid care from 105,000 friends and family members. In the United States, one in nine people 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 daily, the U.S. Alzheimer’s population projects to roughly triple by 2050 to 16 million people.